I’ll admit, that I’ve never been that bothered by Morphe, there’s something about the brand that never really drew me in – probably packaging and the fact that most of their most popular palettes are just private labelled whilst they are stepping away from it on some of their newer items to feel like a brand thats more unique, and rightfully so with the amount of hype that it has.
If there was one lot of palettes that stood out to me more over the others it was the 25 palettes, and when I spied this discounted on Beauty Bay for £13 I decided to swipe it up to try. This is the older packaging with a clear lid and square pans rather than the new circular ones (it looks like you get less product in the new ones I will say!). The packaging of this is sturdy but as cheap feeling as the price tag, mine arrived scratched from the beginning and for a palette which has been really carefully handled thus far looks pretty battered on the lid, milky looking like it needs a good clean. I shan’t dwell on this too much as the design has been addressed in the newer palettes, but it’s worth noting that for 25 shadows at that price point, the packaging did feel reflective.
The finishes these are mostly matte shades, the palette sits warmer toned with lots of peach to copper hues, whilst the darker matte shades sit a bit more neutral toned. On first glance there are things about this palette I’m not super keen on, I wish there were some lighter metallics which complemented this – a pale shimmery peach is missing from this palette as an inner corner highlight.
All of the metallics pay off pretty much the same level of ‘deep’ on the eye and it would be nice to have some darker metallics as well as some lighter ones. Looking at the mattes I can see that there’s quite a few of these which can ben used interchangeably, look at shades 1 & 3 from the first row and whilst I love a peach in the crease I can’t argue you need both – a pale beige for setting the eye would have been way more useful than two virtually identical shades. The same goes for the mid-toned browns.
In the newer palettes the colours are named and as the colours are the same I have listed them here, but in the old palette there’s no way to refer to them.
Copper Spice Swatches
Overcast – A matte transition shade in a more yellowy peach
Sand Dollar – A matte transition shade in an odd beigey grey
Penne – A matte transition shade in a more orangey peach. If I’m honest I don’t love any of these first three shades alone, I like dipping my brush into all three to neutralise them out somewhat.
Layered – Matte peach shade thats gorgeous under the lashline and creating lots of warmth in the crease.
Nickel – This is a soft satin shade that isn’t quite a matte. It’s a rich orangey beige.
Lit – A warm mid toned brown that looks nice on the outer corner for a softer outer corner.
Tan Lines – The last three on this row are pretty much dupes and aren’t needed. One of these would e more than enough. Tan lines is the nicest formula IMO and is good for building up depth in the crease
Mojave – Basically indistinguisable to Tan Lines.
Sweet Mango – Same as tan lines, moderately warmer
Row 3: Afterlife, Oasis, Version, Radar, Chase
Foxy – This isn’t quite as foily as the rest of the row, it does however look gorgeous on the eye and blends out beautifully. It reminds me of a more orangey MAC Woodwinked.
Rose Gold – The coolest tone in this palette that amongst all these firey tones looks quite taupe but does translate to a more rose-gold tone shade on the eye
Polished – A stunning gorgeous vivid copper metallic that’s ultra buttery.
Sunbeam – This is a standout from the palette it’s a cross between a yellow and a gold and it’s gorgeous.
Ember – In the pan you can see a light layer of silver glitter which doesn’t really translate to the eye. I love the tone of this one, but out of all the metallics this is the hardest to work with as the pigment is so intense. A little goes a long way.
Brass – The last metallic, this is a gorgeous dark rusty shade. Great pigmentation but a little bit too dark for me all over the lids.
Just Shadow – a dark shimmery brown that sits a little bit cool.
Suede – This has soft gold fleck in the pan which once you get past the first swatch seems to disappear. Has a moderate shimmer but is similar to Destination
Destination – A deep matte brown, found right on my outer corners most of the time!
Unveil – Matte black with decent pigmentation. Good as a liner.
Copper Spice Eye Looks
This palette is impressive for the price for me. The metallics are definitely the stars of the show and like I said I wish there was a different variety of tones, some lighter foils would certainly not go a miss in this palette to create some more diverse looks. The mattes in this palette at first I wasn’t the biggest fan, but what I’ve learned to love about them is that they’re buildable, again I just wish there was some more variety of shades as so many of these could be used to create the same look and you’d be none the wiser which of several had been used. It’s left me intrigued about these palettes, I would quite like to try the other 25 palettes out of any and will be keeping my eyes peeled for another deal as good as this was!
If interested Morphe palettes are available to buy from Beauty Bay here, they don’t have this one in stock currently, it seems as if they’re awaiting a restock of the new designs as they only have the 25 palettes in stock.
Have you tried a Morphe Palette? Let me know your thoughts if so
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